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Top Things You Never Knew About the Rio Grande!

February 16th, 2019

Out of all the rivers in the United States, the Rio Grande is one of the longest and most well-known of them all. And while most people now its name, where it runs and even the English Translation of it(it’s Big River), there are actually quite a few things they don’t know. So, today, in an effort to educate and help you gain more brownie points with your river rafting buddies, we will be sharing with you the top things you never knew about the Rio Grande! So, keep reading and don’t forget to share! “Wait, it’s not called Rio Grande?” Well, technically it’s the Rio Grande here in the United States, but just across the border in Mexico, it’s called the Rio Bravo. And Rio Bravo literally means “the furious river.” Sounds about right, since some of the Rio Grande stretch has a lot Class IV and even Class V rapids. So, if you’re over the border and want to do a bit of whitewater river rafting, just ask “donde esta el rio bravo?.” Sorry, that’s it for my Spanish lesson. “How many fish species live in the Rio Grande?” Actually, the Rio Grande is one of the most important regions […]

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Legendary Forest Fenn Treasure & River Rafting!

February 15th, 2019

Forest Fenn Treasure and how learning to river raft will help you in your search In this world, there are many selfless people. Sometimes, we are touched by the good deeds that they do, and other times, we are able to interact with them. For the most part, these deeds go unseen and gone without any recognition. For an 80+ year old Forrest Fenn, however, his one good deed has been seen by, and criticized by, millions of people. Today, we will be taking a look at his deed, dubbed the “Forrest Fen Treasure” and likewise how learning to river raft will help you in your search. Ready? Set! Go! When, why and for whom? In 1988, Forrest Fenn, a self-taught millionaire archaeologist native to Santa Fe, New Mexico, was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, Forrest filled a small chest with over 40 pounds of emeralds, rubies, gold coins and diamonds, and decided to take it to the mountains to die. But, remarkably, he completely beat cancer and ended up leaving the chest in a walk-in vault in his home. However, in 2010, with the end of the Great Recession, he decided to hide it and launch the hunt, […]

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Top 5 NMRA Trips for 2019

February 14th, 2019

With summer fast approaching, the time to choose your 2019 river rafting trip is now. One thing to note is that the snowpack is looking outstanding and it’s sure to provide New Mexico with a spectacular 2019 rafting season.  Because of this, we have compiled a list of our top 5 NMRA trips for 2019.  So, with that, read on to find your ideal summer vacation rafting trip. Enjoy! 1. Rivers and Brews with Bosque Brewery. To start off, we obviously have to go with our most popular trip. The Bosque Brewery trip. Not only is this an NMRA team favorite, it’s a favorite of most of our guests. When things are getting hot and sweaty down on the Rio Grande, it’s always nice to have an innovative and delicious ice cold Bosque Brewery beer ready to quench your thirst. You get the best of both worlds, the river and beer. What more could you ask for? 2. The Taos Box. With the whitewater looking to be the most advanced we’ve seen for a while, the Taos Box is a perfect NMRA summer vacation if you are an experience whitewater river rafter. With the wind blowing through your hair and the spray of the […]

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Ranking Top Things You Didn’t Know About “Taos Box.”

January 15th, 2019

For those of you new to the whitewater river rafting scene, the Taos Box refers to a section of the Rio Grande River, which is located just to the west Taos New Mexico. And since a lot of you reading this are probably wondering what to expect from this part of the Rio Grande, we created this article for you. So, read on and learn about the ranking top things you didn’t know about “Taos Box.” Enjoy! Where is “Taos Box” in the Rio Grande? As we said before, “Taos Box” is a section of The Rio Grande. The Rio Grande itself comes from San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado and, after rising, it goes past Creede, Colorado, where it enters the San Luis Valley, an ancient lake-bed. After that, the Rio Grande turns south at Alamosa, Colorado and finally makes its way towards New Mexico. Now, once it’s made it to the southern part of the San Luis Valley, which is about 10 miles north of the New Mexico State line, the Rio Grande begins to cut its famous Rio Grande Gorge. The section with the “Taos Box” is about 16 miles upstream from the end of the wilderness […]

Top 5 Family Friendly Activities to do in New Mexico!

January 13th, 2019

When families go on vacation to another state, it’s, often times, hard to find fun activities to do, especially if you don’t know the area, and New Mexico is no different. And while there are hundreds of amazing things that you can do as a family, here in New Mexico, it’s still hard to choose. That’s why, today, we are going to pick out our top 5 favorite things to do, that you and your family can do as well. So, read on, as we show you the top 5 family friendly activities to do in New Mexico! Enjoy! 1. Russell’s Truck and Travel Center. As the first on our list, this is actually a free car museum from the Route 66 era. Apart from gorgeous vintage cars, trucks and all sorts of travel memorabilia, this truck and travel center even has a grocery store, a gift store a diner and even a chapel, for those of you wanting to get in a quick prayer before getting back on the 66. And as one of the better pit stops on Route 66, you’ll be able to get a bite to eat, stretch your legs and even get in a few […]

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What to Expect As a New Mexico River Adventures Guide!

January 13th, 2019

Has it been your lifelong dream to become a river rafting king or queen? Do you just love the thrill and excitement of riding amazing rapids every summer day? If you answered yes to any of those questions, than have you ever considered becoming a guide? Well, in this article, we’ll attempt to answer a few common questions and try to show you exactly what you can expect as a New Mexico River Adventures guide. “What are some things most People Don’t Understand About the Job?” To start off with this not-so-glamorous question; the stress and risks of this job are actually really big when you think about it. In this day and age, risk management is a much more serious thing than it was in the past. Things like cold water-induced shock, allergies, and even cardiac arrest are things you must take into account when you are in this job. For example: if one of your passengers, an elderly gentleman, is thrown out of the raft and starts to panic when he hits the cold water, you could definitely have a problem. “Do I really need a certification?” This is a really common question, and the short answer is […]

Top 5 White Water Rafting Trips in New Mexico

December 13th, 2018

When you are wanting to take a family vacation, not many people think of New Mexico. But, while most people think it is just a dry, cactus-filled state, it’s much more than that if you take a closer look. Now, today, we want to show you some of the best white water rafting trips that you probably didn’t know about until now that are right here in New Mexico. So, read on, get your rafts ready, and let’s take a look at the top 5 white water rafting trips in New Mexico. The Racecourse As one of the most popular trips in all of New Mexico, the Racecourse offers a wild, yet super fun Class III river adventure for you and your family. While it may be wild, it is surprisingly one of the best trips for first-time rafters. So, no matter if you are a veteran white water rafter, or you have never been on a raft ever, this is the perfect trip for you. The Taos Box The Taos Box is one of the more fast-paced and action packed river adventures you can find in New Mexico. There is absolutely no chance that you will not be soaked […]

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How to Choose Between the Taos Box & the Racecourse Run!

November 24th, 2018

While white water rafting is fun, rafting on the breathtaking rivers of New Mexico is even more so. However, if you’ve never gone white water rafting before, it’s time to educate yourself! Going on your first rafting trip can be hard and confusing, especially when there are so many adventures to choose from. That’s why, we want to show you how to choose between two of the most popular river adventures in New Mexico, the Taos Box and the Racecourse Run. So dive in, read on and learn how to choose your next New Mexico River Adventure! Enjoy! Which River Adventure is Best? For a lot of white water rafting beginners, knowing which trip is best can be hard. However, the truth of the matter is that there is no such thing as “best” when it comes to river adventures, because it honestly depends on you and what you are comfortable with doing.  Keep in mind, not all rivers are the same. Likewise, just because the river is calm one moment, doesn’t mean it will be calm for the rest of your ride. In a mere moment, those calm currents can easily turn into raging rapids without so much as […]

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Points of Interest in Taos, NM

June 11th, 2018

Taos, NM is just 20 miles up the road from our headquarters (so it’s a short drive after your river trip), with great food, fun activities, and unique things to see. FOOD   If you’re in the mood for delicious local cuisine, you’re in luck if you find yourself in Taos! La Cueva is a small, Pueblo-style eatery with patio, located on Paseo Del Pueblo Sur close to the Taos Plaza, offering traditional Mexican dishes.  The Guadalajara Grill is a local favorite with 2 locations in Taos, specializing in Mexican dishes and offering an extensive menu- including American, Latin, and Mexican cuisine, with steak, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. Lambert’s of Taos is a sophisticated, upscale setting for contemporary American food with a lounge and shaded patio, serving locally sourced dishes for lunch and dinner, as well as handcrafted cocktails and a wine list with over 100 options. Another local favorite is Old Martina’s Hall, a historic, adobe music hall, that serves a New Mexican menu and has an events calendar loaded with dance nights and music acts. No matter whether you’re looking for a posh dining experience, or an intimate, casual meal with friends, these 4/4.5 star-rated eateries will fill your belly […]

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5 Reasons Why Low-Water Boating on The Rio Grande is Rad

May 22nd, 2018

During rafting seasons with lower water flows, river outfitters tend to get a lot of questions about boating on low water. Many folks are under the assumption that rafting isn’t as fun when the water drops, or even possible at all! We’re here to tell you that not only is it possible to raft the Rio Grande during its minimal water levels, it’s a blast!   WARM WATER! -The water is so much warmer when it’s lower and moving slower. Higher cf/s (cubic feet per second) means that the water has only recently melted off the mountains, where it started as snow! Much of the water in the Rio Grande at lower levels comes from tributaries, monsoon run-off, and underground springs due to the geothermal activity in the Taos Plateau. There’s many fantastic swimming spots throughout the Orilla Verde and Racecourse sections of the Lower Rio Grande Gorge, and our guides know them all!     INTERESTING GEOLOGY -The rocks in the river are more exposed in lower water, showing off the beautiful erosion and “fluting” caused by the hundreds, thousands, or millions of years of moving water that the basalt, schist and quartzite have been subjected to in the […]